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Miller and Rahlves finish 1 and 2

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BORMIO, Italy (AP) – Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves gave American skiing a day like no other. Never before had U.S skiers ” men or women ” finished 1-2 in any event at an Alpine World Championships.

With Miller first and Rahlves second, they pulled off the feat Saturday, and in the downhill, no less ” the sport’s signature event and one the Austrians have dominated for so long.

Miller is the first American man to win the downhill at a worlds; none even had finished second. He captured his second gold medal of these championships.

“It’s a really clear representation of our team,” he said. “Everybody says the Americans always do well at the big championships, and I don’t look at that as anything bad. I think it’s great.”

Rahlves, who made a mistake at the top that might have cost him the gold, took the silver in 1:56.66.

“I’m super proud of what Bode’s done this year and today,” Rahlves said. “This is the first year we’ve trained together and he’s got a lot of intensity like I do, so it’s fun to bang heads and mix it up on the hill.”

Rahlves described the race.

“I was definitely ready to put one down today. It was a lot bumpier today, so you know you’re gonna make some mistakes,” he said. “I made a mistake at the top that really hurt coming into the big side-hill traverse and that really affected me all the way down,” he explained.

“The best feeling I had today was at the bottom. I felt like I was on top of my skis and letting it run,” he said. “Downhill, for me, is the ultimate – the ultimate risk, the ultimate test …You have to be willing to put yourself on the line … I’d much rather crash or go out going for the win than just make it to the finish.”


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